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Podolyak: “There is no decision on Zaluzhnyy's resignation, but any discussions can happen”

The President's Office is ready to comment on the reshuffle once it has taken place. 

Podolyak: “There is no decision on Zaluzhnyy's resignation, but any discussions can happen”
Mykhaylo Podolyak
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There may be any discussions in the Presidential Office regarding personnel changes, but there is no decision on the resignation of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, General Valeriy Zaluzhnyy. This statement was made on Radio Liberty by Mykhaylo Podolyak, an adviser to the head of the Presidential Office.

When asked directly whether he was aware that Zaluzhnyy's resignation was being prepared or that the decision had already been made but there was no decree yet, he replied as follows: "Discussions of any kind are certainly needed on a regular basis to analyse the situation we are in - what needs to be done to make this situation look different, what is needed to ensure that we get additional resources. There can be any kind of discussion, but there is no solution as of today."

Podolyak added that President Volodymyr Zelenskyy "can make any decisions that are within his competence" - in particular, regarding personnel changes in the top military command. However, there is no evidence of the resignation of the Armed Forces Commander-in-Chief.

"The president has rational approaches. He wants to get effective actions, an understanding of what will happen in 2024, what resources we need for this and that it is obvious to the partners who give us these resources... The president will act on these considerations," Podolyak said.

According to him, the President's Office is ready to comment on personnel changes once they have taken place.

Asked whether he considered the government's communication on this issue to be good enough, Podolyak replied: "Perhaps we need to communicate better, it's obvious... There are no perfect communication systems, we are trying to build them, it doesn't always work out the way it should.”

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